"Strikeforce: Nashville" medical suspensions issued to all fighters, six get extended layoffs
As is customary, the Tennessee Athletic Commission issued medical suspensions to all fighters who competed at this past weekend's "Strikeforce: Nashville" event.
While most of the suspensions run the customary three days, six fighters – none of whom competed on the CBS-televised main card – were issued suspensions of 30 days or more.
"Strikeforce: Nashville" took place April 17 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., and featured three title fights.
Matt Brown vs. Chris Lytle in the works for July's UFC 116 in Las Vegas
Hard-hitting welterweights Matt Brown and Chris Lytle have been targeted for a UFC 116 matchup.
MMAfighting.com was the first to report the match-up today, and MMAjunkie.com has subsequently confirmed that at least one fighter has agreed to the bout with the intention to sign a contract.
UFC 116 is expected to take place July 3 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, though the promotion has yet to formally announce the card. A heavyweight title match between returning champion Brock Lesnar and interim heavyweight champion Shane Carwin is the expected headliner.
M-1 Global says Emelianenko available in June, waiting on Strikeforce to green light
When will Fedor Emelianenko fight again? Never has such a simple question required such a complex answer.
While Emelianenko is currently under contract with M-1 Global, who also have a co-promotion agreement with Strikeforce, the organizations are currently in a holding pattern as they address disagreements that arose from the November event "Fedor vs. Rogers."
But M-1 Global president Vadim Finklechtein recently insisted that Emelianenko could appear in a co-promoted show as soon as June. He's just waiting on the green light from his Strikeforce business partners.
Melendez taking time off, wants Alvarez fight.
It's been a long, hard road for Gilbert Melendez, but after defeating Shinya Aoki last Saturday night he's back where he's wanted to be for so long.
Sitting among the elite lightweights in the world, currently ranked No. 3 according to the MMAWeekly.com World Rankings, he's now ready to take some time off.
"Countdown to Aldo vs. Faber" debuts tonight on Versus, replays available all week
As a reminder, "Countdown to Aldo vs. Faber," which previews this Saturday's first-ever WEC pay-per-view event in Sacramento, Calif., debuts tonight on Versus, with replays scheduled for Versus, MTV2 and Spike TV throughout the week.
The hour-long special airs first at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT.
The program also airs tonight on MTV2 at 7 p.m. ET/PT and late night/early Thursday morning at 12 a.m. ET/PT on Spike TV.
Will Zuffa's WEC Gamble Pay Off This Weekend?
It's not easy to get people to pay for something that used to be free. Ask any airline that recently started charging for checked luggage – it's the kind of thing that brings out the angry mob in consumers who already feel like they're one more fee or rate hike away from reaching for the torches and pitchforks.
But risks be damned, this Saturday UFC president Dana White is going to give it a shot with the first ever WEC pay-per-view event. After airing regularly on Versus (and yes, I know cable isn't free, but you're going to pay for it anyway because you'd rather die than miss an episode of "Cats 101" on Animal Planet) for the last three years, now Zuffa wants you to pay for the privilege of seeing their little guys duke it out.
The forty-five dollar question is, are you going to do it?
Bellator's season-two debut and replay each earn top ratings for FSN
Bellator Fighting Championships' season-two debut event, Bellator 13, landed as FSN's highest-rated national program for both the live airing and Sunday night replay.
Bellator officials released the ratings information today.
Featuring tournament victories by UFC veteran Roger Huerta and DREAM import Joe Warren, Bellator 13 took place on April 8 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla.
Jake Ellenberger vs. John Howard set for Aug. 1 in Utah at UFC on Versus 2:
It looks like that grudge match with Anthony Johnson will have to wait for John Howard.
The 27-year-old welterweight will be vying for his fifth UFC win when he takes on Jake Ellenberger Aug. 1 in Utah at UFC on Versus 2.
According to Howard, the fight has been verbally agreed upon and should be made official soon.
“I feel good about it. The guy’s a pretty good wrestler but all my career I’ve been fighting nothing but wrestlers so I think I’ll be ready,”said Howard.
MMA Top 10 Light Heavyweights: King Mo Makes List... Really?
The last few times I've posted my rankings of the Top 10 light heavyweights in mixed martial arts, I've heard from readers who insisted that I had Gegard Mousasi too low. It turns out I was ranking Mousasi too high, and not giving enough credit to the man who thoroughly whipped him on Saturday night, Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal.
Like most MMA fans, I questioned whether Lawal was ready for a fighter of Mousasi's considerable talents. But in reality Lawal showed that he has incredible strength and great takedowns, and he makes my list of the sport's best light heavyweights, which is below.
Would everyone agree with this list. I'm not so sure yet.
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Dana White says Showtime runs Strikeforce, not Scott Coker; won't be worried about Strikeforce when they're off CBS
I'm telling you, man, I'm the one out there, hitting the pavement, beating the bricks, talking to all these guys. They don't know (crap) and they don't want to know (crap). They don't care... They (Strikeforce) are going to go away. Showtime (messed) that whole thing up. They'll go away. They'll be off CBS and I won't have to worry about them being so, you know, out in front. When something like that happens on CBS, people are going to hear about it. If they end up staying with (crappy)-ass Showtime, 200,000 people see it. I can live with that...
Joe Doerksen steps in for injured Tim Creduer to face Tom Lawlor at UFC 113
Joe Doerksen will step in on short notice to face Tom Lawlor in a middleweight matchup at the top of UFC 113's non-televised card.
Sources close to the event today confirmed the change to MMAjunkie.com and said Lawlor's original opponent, Tim Credeur, has been forced to withdraw from the fight due to an undisclosed injury.
UFC 113 takes place May 8 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and features a light heavyweight title rematch between current champ Lyoto Machida and challenger Mauricio "Shogun" Rua.
FightersOnly Inks Deal With Time Warner
Fighters Only Magazine, the world's biggest Mixed Martial Arts magazine, is set to dramatically expand its readership by signing an exclusive distribution deal with media powerhouse Time Warner. The partnership will allow Fighters Only to be represented at retail by a major force within the publishing industry. Time Warner Retail currently handles such titles as People Magazine, Sports Illustrated, Fortune and Time Magazine.
Shields Thinks No One Should Be Punished For Strikeforce Brawl.
Following the biggest win of his career, Jake Shields soon had another challenger in his face during his post-fight interview, and just seconds later mayhem literally erupted.
Jason "Mayhem" Miller came into the cage immediately following Shields' win and challenged the middleweight champion to a rematch for a fight they had in November 2009 in which Shields defeated him by unanimous decision.
"He came so fast out of nowhere, and just kind of bumped into me, the way he came up and said rematch, I just thought it was really rude. He got in my face, he bumped me, and interrupted in the middle of the interview," Shields told MMAWeekly Radio on Monday night.
WEC's Shane Roller predicts quick finish of Anthony Njokuani at "Aldo vs. Faber"
While WEC lightweight champion Benson Henderson will put his belt on the line against top challenger Donald Cerrone at Saturday night's "Aldo vs. Faber" event, the next title challenger may also be decided at the event.
Fellow top lightweights Shane Roller and Anthony Njokuani also meet on the evening's main card in a bout with near-certain title implications.
And while Njokuani's three-straight "Knockout of the Night" performances have raised eyebrows, Roller said "The Assassin" won't be the only fighter looking to throw heavy leather.
Junior Assuncao vs. Luiz Azeredo official for "Worlds Collide: Mayorga vs. Thomas"
While a recent press-conference dust-up between main-eventers Ricardo Mayorga and Din Thomas has garnered headlines this past weekend, the upstart Shine Fights promotion remains busy filling out the card for its May 15 event.
Today, the promotion announced that three-time UFC veteran Junior Assuncao meets Luiz Azeredo at "Worlds Collide: Mayorga vs. Thomas."
"Worlds Collide: Mayorga vs. Thomas," the third card in Shine Fights' brief history, takes place Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville, N.C., and will be broadcast on pay-per-view.
Brett Rogers Questions Alistair Overeem's "Eastern Diet"
MMA Fighting spoke to Strikeforce heavyweight contender Brett Rogers this weekend about his upcoming title fight against Alistair Overeem on May 15. Rogers didn't hold back when discussing Overeem's lack of of title defenses over the last two years and Overeem's new and improved physique.
To watch the interview click the link below.
UFC's Brian Stann dropping to middleweight, hopes to fight in July or August
Brian Stann is tired of being an undersized light heavyweight in a division full of heavier takedown artists. So, he's moving to middleweight.
Stann, who today spoke to MMAjunkie.com from suburban Atlanta, said he "rolled the dice" against Phil Davis at UFC 109 but doesn't regret his decision to take a bad matchup on paper.
But the reason he took the fight might surprise you.
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